Pacific Community - SPC



Job Type


Closing Date

19th Sep 2019

— Description —

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Team Leader - Mainstreaming and Capacity Building located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.




The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.


The Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) of the Pacific Community (SPC) was established in 1995 and has been a pioneer in providing human rights capacity-building, research, policy, legal and technical assistance in the Pacific region. RRRT’s mission is to advance human rights and good governance standards for the sustainable and equitable development of the region and the benefit of all Pacific peoples.


The Team Leader – Mainstreaming and Capacity Buildingis responsible for building the internal capacity of SPC and RRRT to advance human rights in the Pacific region through: leading the design and implementation of RRRT’s work to mainstream a rights-based approach across SPC within the framework of the SPC People-Centered Approach Strategy; and ensuring RRRT applies the appropriate materials, resources, tools, methods and practices (pedagogy) to effectively deliver its training, technical assistance and capacity building work more generally under its Business Plan. The requirements of the role includes: the design of new or adapting current materials, resources and tools for use by RRRT and ensuring their effective use by RRRT staff; as well as providing appropriate training, coaching, mentoring and any other forms of capacity building, to RRRT as required, to ensure that RRRT’s work is of a high quality and consistently meets human rights, adult learning andragogy and mainstreaming technical standards.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Strategy, Planning and Programme Development
  • Staff Leadership and Management
  • Technical Quality Mainstreaming & Capacity Building
  • Integrated Programme (Rights-based Approach) Management and Implementation
  • Networking, Stakeholder Relationships & Partnerships
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning


For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.


Key selection criteria



  • A master’s degree in relevant field such as human rights law, international development, education/teaching/adult learning or social science. Or equivalent years of experience working in a social development and/or human rights international organisation.

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in a similar position with complex multi donor, multi stakeholder and multi beneficiary projects, ideally in the Pacific Islands region
  • Leadership experience, including ability to build and sustain high performing multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams
  • Experience mainstreaming human rights-based approaches (HRBA) in development programming and integrated programming
  • Previous experience in the production of multi-media technical and educational resources, including experiential learner-based teaching and learning activities       


Essential skills

  • Thorough understanding of project management including project-cycles, results-based planning, monitoring & reporting, and risk management
  • People management skills, including the ability to train, mentor and coach staff using a range of approaches
  • High degree of problem solving at a project management level
  • Budget development, execution and reporting skills
  • Skilled in wide range of capacity building and mainstreaming modalities
  • Ability to work constructively to resolve issues, concerns or differences of opinion
  • Excellent influencing and relationship building skills


Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage


Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
  • Capacity to represent SPC RRRT at regional and international forums


Salary, terms and conditions


Contract Duration – Two years with possibility of extension based on role funding and performance.


Remuneration – The Team Leader – Mainstreaming and Capacity Building is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,393‒4,242 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 10,010–12,512 (USD 4,818–6,023; EUR 4,062–5,078). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications.Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.


Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,230–2,750 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).


Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.


Equal opportunity – SPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit; in cases where two short-listed candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.


Child protection – SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Police clearance – Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.


Application procedure


Closing Date – 19 September 2019


Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/


Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.


For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions


Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.


Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.


For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family can be employed with an entity operating in Fiji at any one given time. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.


Please ensure that you respond to all the screening questions.  If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.


Screening Questions:

  1. In 600 words or less, what is a rights-based approach and why is it important in the context of SPC’s work? 
  2. In 600 words or less, what is meant when people say that human rights underpin the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals?
  3. In 800 words or less, what do you think should be the capacity building priorities and approaches for the RRRT programme team to apply in their work? For those suggested approaches outlined, what types of capacity building materials, resources and tools could be used?